We are so proud of our 1st team goalkeeper, Aarav Ganguli, who has been selected to represent England in the U17 Euro Qualifiers from 24-27 June in Maribor, Slovenia.
Mr King, Head of Performance Sport and Head of Aquatics, comments: “I cannot speak highly enough of the person or player. It’s incredible that, having only started playing in goal as a last-minute replacement in March 2019, Aarav has been selected to represent Great Britain.
“He managed to keep himself extremely fit during lockdown and whilst pools remained closed – all on top of preparing for his exams! – and hasn’t missed a session since they have reopened, even seeking and finding opportunities to do additional training. It speaks volumes of how highly we rate him, that Mr Marsh, a nine-time national title-winning coach, picked Aarav as Trinity’s best-ever goalkeeper.
Aarav says: “I was absolutely delighted when I found out that I would have the honour of representing Great Britain in Slovenia. I am particularly grateful for all of the extra sessions at school and elsewhere, with experienced coaches, which meant that I was able to arrive at the selection process very well prepared.
“Looking forward to Slovenia, we have the aspirations of qualifying but we will have to work hard, especially as we haven’t been able to train together all year and we have some strong opponents in our group. Going abroad will be an amazing experience for me and it will mean that I develop my skills both in and out of the pool.”
As well as Aarav’s selection, we are delighted that Third Year, Jared Thompson and Fourth Years Fred Turpin and Christian Pauling have been invited to join the National Talent Academy in July. The National Academy is the entry point for both the England and Great Britain squads and they join Pierre Rivet, Will Burbidge & Oliver Veraas Brown – all from Fourth Year – who are already part of the set up.
“Aarav is an inspiration to our junior players and has played an integral part in not only our national success but the development of our other young goalkeepers. We wish him, his team mates and coaches the very best of luck in the competition.”
Mr King, Head of Performance Sport and Head of Aquatics
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